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Each year, countless residents of Georgia face the devastating impacts of auto accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to another driver’s negligence, turn to Gautreaux Law. Well-versed in the applicable insurance and negligence laws, we have an impressive track record of success negotiating and litigating auto accident cases. When you become our client, we will handle all the details of your claim so you can focus on healing. 

We offer free consultations and will charge no attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you. Serving Macon, Warner Robins, and all of Georgia, we are the law firm of choice for personal injury claims. Contact us today to get started with an experienced Macon car accident attorney. 

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When Car Accidents Are Not Accidents 

According to government statistics, the leading causes of car accidents in Georgia and around the country include: 

  • Distracted driving – More than just phone usage, distractions can also arise from eating while driving, speaking with passengers, or adjusting in-car entertainment systems. These seemingly minor acts divert attention from the road, increasing the risk of accidents. 
  • Speeding – Speeding doesn’t only mean breaking the speed limit. It also includes driving at speeds that are unsafe for prevailing road conditions. For instance, traveling at the posted limit during heavy rain or fog can still lead to accidents if that speed is too fast for visibility and road conditions. 
  • Side-impact – Negligent drivers, from performing improper turning to distracted driving, can cause side-impact or T-bone accidents in intersections.
  • DUI – Beyond the evident dangers of alcohol and drugs, many prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair driving ability. 
  • Failing to obey traffic signals – In addition to running red lights, drivers fail to yield the right of way at stop signs, misinterpret flashing signals, or ignore temporary traffic controls in construction zones. 
  • Aggressive driving – This includes a range of behaviors, from honking and flashing lights to forcing another driver to move to weaving between lanes without signaling. Such actions endanger everyone on the road. 
  • Poor weather – Georgia’s weather can be unpredictable. Sudden rainstorms, fog patches, or even the rare icy conditions can catch drivers off guard, especially if they’re unprepared or unfamiliar with how to handle their vehicles under such circumstances. 
  • Road conditions – Unexpected roadwork, lack of proper signage, or potholes and debris can turn a regular drive into a hazardous journey. 

No matter the cause, we work to hold responsible parties accountable. Whether it’s a distracted driver, an aggressive motorist, or any other negligent party, we’re here to stand by your side, fighting for your rights. 

Common Car Accident Injuries 

Auto accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which might not manifest immediately but can have long-term implications:

  • Cuts and lacerations – Flying debris or shattered glass can cause cuts, which might leave scars if not treated promptly and adequately. 
  • Broken bones – Depending on the impact, bones can either fracture or break completely. These injuries often require prolonged treatment and, in some cases, surgery. 
  • Whiplash – Often resulting from rear-end collisions, whiplash is a neck injury due to rapid back-and-forth movement. Symptoms can range from neck pain and stiffness to headaches and dizziness. 
  • Spinal cord injuries – A severe accident can lead to partial or complete paralysis if the spinal cord is damaged. 
  • Internal injuries – Not immediately visible, internal bleeding or organ damage can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated swiftly. 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – A blow to the head or a jolt can lead to brain injuries, which may lead to memory problems, mood changes, and cognitive impairments. 
  • Wrongful death – Traffic fatalities are common; the NHTSA estimates over 42,000 people died in car accidents in 2022. 

Beyond the physical pain, victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression after an accident. The impact transcends physical injuries. The emotional burden and financial implications—medical bills, therapy costs, and lost wages—can add to the already heavy load. At Gautreaux Law, we recognize the challenges car accident victims face. You can depend on us to relentlessly pursue the compensation you need to get your life back together. 

About Georgia Auto Insurance Laws 

Navigating the intricacies of auto insurance laws can be complex, but understanding the different types of insurance that can apply to your case is crucial. This can include liability insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, umbrella insurance, and medical payments coverage. As part of our representation, we identify the insurance coverages that may apply to your case so as to maximize your recovery. 

How Gautreaux Law Can Help 

After a car accident, you probably have concerns about medical bills, property damage, and being out of work due to your injuries. That’s where Gautreaux Law steps in. Let us handle all the details of your claim. Our experienced car accident attorneys will: 

  • Explain any potential problems and strategize to maximize your compensation 
  • Gather evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts to build a solid case 
  • Negotiate with insurance companies, ensuring that you aren’t lowballed or pressured into accepting a less-than-fair settlement 
  • File a personal injury lawsuit if necessary 

From fighting with insurance companies on your behalf to representing you in court, we will guide you through every step and protect your rights.

What Type of Damages Can I Claim for an Auto Accident?

When a person brings a personal injury claim against another for a negligent act, they typically seek certain types of damages for what transpired during the car incident. Depending on the severity of the accident, a person can claim several different types of damages. Damages commonly seen in auto accidents can include:

  1. Medical Bills – We all know how exorbitant these can be. Our lawyers can help you get reimbursed for medical treatment that is needed because of the wreck. This may include but is not limited to:
    • CT Scans, X-rays or MRIs
    • Physical Therapy
    • Doctor’s Visits
    • Transportation to and from Doctor’s Visits
    • Medication and Medical Care Devices
    • Rehabilitation or Counseling
    • In-Home Medical Care
  2. Future Medical Bills – This includes any future treatment you need as a result of the injuries sustained in your accident. For example, maybe you injured your back and are going to need back surgery. You may be compensated for the anticipated expense of having such surgery.
  3. Lost Income – This includes income you lost because of your injury. For example, if you are a school bus driver and your leg is broken in an accident, you may not be able to work for several weeks. If so, the income you lost by not being able to work may be considered in your compensation.
  4. Future Lost Income – Much like future medical bills, this is any income you expect to forego because of your injury. If you need back surgery, you may be out of work for weeks or months.
  5. Pain and Suffering – To determine compensation for pain and suffering, one must consider the amount of pain or suffering a person has endured as a result of their injury. This can be difficult, since it is very different from person to person, depending on the circumstances. For example, a pianist who suffers 2 broken hands from a car accident would likely suffer differently from a singer who has the same injury but doesn’t need their hands to sing.
  6. Funeral Costs: The grim reality of auto accidents is that they can sometimes result in tragedy. If a person dies in an accident, their surviving family members or another representative may pursue damages for the funeral costs during their case.

Georgia does not have any strict numerical general damage “caps” on personal injury claims, which means that when a person brings a claim, the law does not impose strict numerical limits on what amounts may be granted in damages. Typically, the amount of financial damages will be decided by a jury, except in unusual cases.

Gautreaux Law Is Truly a Personal Injury Law Firm

Unlike lawyers who try to handle hundreds or thousands of car wreck cases, we are selective about the cases we take. Macon auto accident attorney Jarome Gautreaux will not take on so many cases that he can’t speak personally to clients. Jarome is available to talk with clients and meet face-to-face. And he is happy to take cases to trial if his clients don’t want to settle for whatever the insurance company is offering. Gautreaux Law has been involved in jury trials all across Georgia, from Atlanta to Macon to Albany and other counties throughout the State. The two things that set us apart are close, personal attention to our clients and the willingness, ability, and experience to take cases to trial if necessary.

Attorneys Jarome Gautreaux and David Cooke and our staff will help you deal with the numerous issues that come up in even the simplest car accident in Macon or any other location in Georgia. We can help with all of these issues:

  • How are my medical bills going to be paid?
  • If my health insurance company pays my medical bills, do I have to pay them back?
  • How do I know what my claim is worth? Should I talk to the insurance companies?
  • How long does the process take?
  • Do we have to file a lawsuit, or can the claim be settled out of court?
  • How is the attorney paid?

Talk To An Experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney Today 

The aftermath of an auto accident can be overwhelming, but our experience and aggressive tactics can help secure the compensation you deserve. Contact Gautreaux Law today for comprehensive support and representation.